A Little Further Series 2021: Katie Rife Call for Scores

Time: 11:59pm
Date: 2021 Aug 20
Location: online

Vancouver Pro Musica Presents

A Little Further Series 2021:
Call for Miniatures #2


Katie Rife – Percussion


Vancouver Pro Musica is pleased to invite all BC composers to submit new miniature compositions for solo unpitched percussion for presentation as a continuing part of our “A Little Further Series”. For this call, we feature the Vancouver-based percussionist Katie Rife. Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 20, 2021. Accepted miniatures will be presented by Katie as an online concert premiering on Friday, October 15, at 7:30 pm on our YouTube Channel.

About Katie Rife

Canadian percussionist Katie Rife is a dynamic performer of classical and new music, and has a deep fascination with the many different sounds percussion instruments can make.

Katie has worked closely with composers for concerts with Vancouver New Music, Redshift Music Society, Music on Main, Allegra Chamber Orchestra, during the ISCM World New Music Days in Vancouver, and as part of Sonic Boom. Previously she was the director and founder of the new music sextet the Ethos Collective, a rare hybrid ensemble of classically-trained musicians who performed both composed and improvised new music, and who were featured as part of Vancouver Pro Musica’s Further Series.

As an improviser Katie has performed in numerous graphic score and conduction projects with Vancouver New Music’s Artistic Director Giorgio Magnanensi, and numerous open score projects and recordings with the Redshift Music Society. Katie also has a strong love of orchestral music and performs as the principal percussionist of the Okanagan Symphony as well as an extra musician with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

Katie holds a Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a Bachelors of Music from the University of British Columbia, and also credits much of her creative thinking to time spent at the Banff Centre.


Application Guidelines

We welcome submissions from BC composers of all styles and genres. Miniatures must be scored for solo percussionist with 2-5 instruments (available instruments are listed below). Graphic scores, text scores, and improvisatory scores are all welcome. To submit your miniature, complete the online form at the bottom of this page. Payment may be made through PayPal, or by cheque mailed separately.

Only submission forms completed through this website will be considered.

All submissions must also meet the following requirements:

  • Submitting composers must be residents of BC.
  • Submitted miniatures must be scored for solo percussionist with 2-5 instruments.  Works that use instruments outside of the ones listed below will not be considered. Works employing the use of electronics will also not be considered at this time.
    • Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 20, 2021.
    • Composers may submit up to 2 miniatures for consideration. Fee for each submission is $5. Only one miniature per composer will be selected.
    • Miniatures must have been composed within the past three years.
    • Each miniature must be no more than 3 minutes in length. Please note that time limits will be strictly enforced.
    • Miniatures should represent a complete musical work. Excerpts from longer pieces and incomplete sketches will not be accepted.


Choose 2-5 instruments from the following list:

  • medium suspended cymbal
  • large suspended cymbal
  • triangle
  • finger cymbals
  • small opera gong (8”)
  • various shakers (up to 3)
  • castanets
  • claves
  • small temple block
  • medium wood block
  • large wood block
  • floor tom

Also available (as part of the 2-5 instrument choices):

  • sound effects such as bird calls, whistles, etc. (to be discussed at the workshop)
  • atmospheric percussion such as strands of bells, rattles, shell chimes, etc. (to be discussed at the workshop)

Instruments can be played with:

  • yarn mallets (cymbals, gong, tom, wood blocks, temple block)
  • plastic mallets (wood blocks, temple block, finger cymbals)
  • drum sticks (tom, cymbals, gong)
  • triangle beaters (triangle, cymbals, finger cymbals)
  • bow (cymbals only)
  • hands (castanets, claves, shakers, finger cymbals, sound effects, atmospheric percussion)

For scores using staff-based notation, please write for a single stave of percussion clef with one instrument per line and regular noteheads for all instruments. Scores may also be entirely graphic scores or a mix of staff-based notation, graphic score, and/or text-based score. Improvisatory and theatrical elements are also welcomed.

Please note: The recording space for this A Little Further Series will be a church hall. As such, there will be ample reverberation, so please expect all dry percussive sounds (e.g., wood block) to ring for at least 1.5 seconds.


Submissions must include:

  • The composer’s name, address, and e-mail address.
  • Application fee of $5 per submission. Payment can be made via PayPal or cheque by mail. Please make cheques payable to:

Vancouver Pro Musica Society
PO Box 78077 RPO Grandview
Vancouver, BC  V5N 5W1

  • Two Copies of each submitted score.
    • One official score with composer’s name and copyright.
    • One anonymous score to be used for adjudication purposes.

Announcement and Presentation of Works Selected

Vancouver Pro Musica will contact all submitters by Monday, August 30, 2021. While Vancouver Pro Musica wishes to be as inclusive as possible, production costs, time constraints, and other practical concerns may require that not all submitters will have a work selected.

In the event that these considerations do not permit the performance of all submissions, Vancouver Pro Musica will employ a panel of professional composers not associated with Vancouver Pro Musica to guide selection of the anonymous scores. Decisions of the adjudicators will be final.

Those whose works are presented will receive a recording of their work for non-commercial purposes.

All composers who submit two miniatures (regardless of whether their piece is selected for performance) automatically become members in good standing of Vancouver Pro Musica, exempt from membership dues for one year.

Important dates:

  • Saturday, July 17, 2021: Zoom workshop with Katie, 3:30-4:30pm.
  • Friday, August 20, 2021: Score submission deadline, 11:59pm.
  • Monday, August 30, 2021: Submitters notified of selection results via email.
  • Friday, October 15, 2021, at 7:30pm: Online concert on our YouTube Channel.

Submission Form